TV on Tap: “Glee” Will Dedicate an Episode to Whitney Houston, Syfy Reunites “Dexter” Stars and “Happy Endings” Sinks

I’m going to miss Portlandia after tonight’s season finale.



Glee is filming a Whitney Houston episode planned as a tribute to the late singer, this one using eight of Houston’s songs to explore the idea of saying goodbye, as the seniors realize they’re going to miss McKinley High.

Former One Tree Hill hunk Robert Buckley will move into ABC’s supernatural drama 666 Park Avenue, along with The Finder‘s Mercedes Masohn. The two will play one of the couples who live in the haunted apartment building.

Kraft now says that they didn’t pull ads for Philadelphia Cream Cheese from GCB due to pressure from Christian groups, saying they only planned to place ads in the series premiere, where additional viewers would be checking out the series. However, that doesn’t match the statement published by TMZ earlier, which mentioned that they were responding to customer complaints.

Syfy is putting together a bit of a Dexter reunion. It just cast Julie Benz and Jaime Murray in Defiance, a drama about humanity trying to survive on an earth that has been invaded by aliens, and terraformed to make the planet more hospitable to the invaders.

So far, we haven’t reached the parts of Homeland where Jamey Sheridan appears as the Vice President, but he’ll be back next season as a regular cast member.

Once Neal McDonough is done causing trouble on Justified, he’s heading to the TNT pilot LA Noir, joining Jon Bernthal and Milo Ventimiglia.

CBS has renewed The Talk for a third season, though it’s not clear that the daytime talker won’t make any last-minute changes to the line-up of hosts.

The FX 80s spy drama pilot The Americans has added Keri Russell to the cast. The series follows two KGB spies living in the suburbs of Washington DC.

Without a new episode of Modern Family to help boost it’s audience, Happy Endings‘ ratings hit a season low. I’m sad that poeple have missed Jane channeling Dr. Claw.

Friday’s Listings

Degrassi (TeenNick) 9:00 PM ET
Tristan, Tori and Zig try to find a way to get along by working together on a musical act, but the idiom “three’s a crowd” definitely applies. Maybe Tori or Zig could find Tristan a boyfriend and he’d understand their situation better.

Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Tonight’s episode is called “Plumed Serpent” and sees Nick investigating a fire dancer’s connection to a case of arson. I hope that means Grimm is now looking to Mayan stories for inspiration.

Merlin (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
The knights of Camelot find a ton of trouble for themselves when they discover a shrine hidden deep in the forest and refuse to listen to Merlin‘s warnings to leave it alone.

The Ultimate Fighter (FX) 9:00 PM ET
Mixed martial arts, or any kind of fighting tournament, isn’t my style. I just end up thinking of the wrong things, more “Ouch” than “Get him!” However, FX’s new MMA reality show has a former Sean Cody performer, Dakota. I find it fascinating to watch mainstream audiences encounter gay-for-pay, so I’ll be tuning in to see how TUF handles Dakota’s history.

Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz) 10:00 PM ET
Sure, Spartacus looking for new recruits is about increasing the numbers of fighters they have. However, I suspect we’ll appreciate the increased volume of beefcake.

Portlandia (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
For the season finale, Portlandia deals with hotspots, as a newspaper review suddenly makes a restaurant incredibly popular, Toni and Candace get upset by hopeful diners queuing on the sidewalk in front of their store, and Tim Robbins disciplines anyone who tries to cut in line.

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:30 PM ET
IFC follows the Portlandia finale with a preview of its upcoming comedy talk/variety show.

Fine, HBO, make me relive those terrible days.

Saturday’s Listings

Of Two Minds (Lifetime) 8:00 PM ET
The last few Lifetime movies were true crime stories, but this one stars Sex and the City‘s Kristin Davis in a story about a woman trying to care for her schizophrenic sister after their mother’s death.

Being Human (BBC America) 9:00 PM ET
I hear this week’s episode offers some welcome comedy relief, as Tom and Hal try to settle into their new living arrangement, and that includes Hal trying to find a job.

Color Splash (HGTV) 9:00 PM ET
This week, David turns to the Miami skyline for inspiration as he designs a “Mediterranean and Asian living and dining room.” I hope that refers to two rooms with two decorating styles.

Game Change (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
HBO adapts the book about the 2008 John McCain campaign for the Presidency and the effect that resulted from naming Sarah Palin as McCain’s choice for Vice-President. Julianne Moore plays Palin, which is a delicious irony considering the umbrage Palin took when Moore recorded an ad attacking Palin’s hunting permit policy.

The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) 10:15 PM ET
Graham got Damian Lewis, Dominic West and Gerard Depardieu on his guest list this week. My partner and I have been catching up on Homeland, so it’ll be interesting to watch Lewis speak in his natural dialect.

Saturday Night Live (NBC) 11:30 PM ET
With 21 Jump Street about to hit theatres, Jonah Hill is guest-hosting this week’s show.

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